Open Calls for Submissions

please note: This open call isn't to simply send in examples of your work, rather to respond to the questions posed below:


Lettering Love


How does hand lettering make words more impactful or inspiring? How can lettering create a mood or express emotion? How do you use hand lettering in your own creativity? Hand-letter your answer! It can be as succinct or as long as you like: a word, a phrase or a paragraph. Please read the entire form for more details.

In this open call, digital tools and touch-ups are a-ok, but don't use fonts to achieve a "lettering look" (that's typography, not lettering). Please note that this open call is not specifically for traditional calligraphy—the art of writing letters—though calligraphy technique and style can certainly influence one’s lettering.

Submission form closes on July 16, 2019. Mailed submissions should arrive by July 22, 2019.

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Handwriting Analysis


Exemplary or barely legible? Neat or messy? Bold and loopy? Small and perfectly formed? Our handwriting is very personal. What does your handwriting say about you? Do you love your handwriting or do you struggle with it? 

Perform your own handwriting analysis—write by hand a paragraph about your relationship with your handwriting. Using your natural handwriting at its usual size, write your paragraph on a white 4x6 or 5x7 card. 

Submission form closes on July 16, 2019. Mailed submissions should arrive by July 22, 2019.

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new open calls ARE always announced first in the newsletter!


Make sure you get the weekly UPPERCASE newsletter for the first announcements of new open calls.




Fresh! is a new feature highlighting previously unpublished creatives. Whether you're a fresh graduate or mature artist, it is often a dream to be published for the first time! If you've never been published in print before, please share your work and I will endeavour to publish the best submissions in future issues and share your submission and links in my newsletter, blog or social media as well. (Please note that space is limited, so this is a merit-based selection.)

issue 42


Think of a peep as a creative cross between a tweet, the community newspaper classifieds and a type specimen. Thanks to lithographic technology, these "paper tweets" leave a lasting impression. And with beautiful typography and design for each message (typeset by UPPERCASE designer Janine Vangool), these peeps transform a classified into something classy. Limited to 30 Peeps per issue. 

Please check back later.


Subscriber Studios

We feature tours of UPPERCASE magazine subscribers' studios in the magazine and in the weekly newsletters. Share your workspace, studio or corner of the dining room... wherever it is that you create.


All about YOU

To be featured in UPPERCASE's weekend email newsletter "All About YOU" please submit here. To receive the weekend newsletter, sign up here and select the weekend newsletter in your preferences.



Keep scrolling below to find out how you can submit your ideas for future issues!


How to submit to UPPERCASE magazine


and portfolio reviews

You are all so talented and generous with your creativity! I welcome your suggestions for content ideas. 

To submit an idea or your portfolio, please use the link below and carefully follow the instructions posted within.




Include examples of your work in your pitch! Don't just send a generic message asking me to click over to a website. Remember that you may have only just sent one pitch out that day, but the editor receiving yours has likely seen dozens. Our submission form allows you to upload examples, so it is easy to select your best jpg and upload it. Never send unsolicited files via a file transfer service—that's the equivalent of trying to force your way into someone's home uninvited. 

tips for the perfect pitch



Know our audience, the tone of our writing and be familiar with past issues as to not pitch a topic close to something we have recently covered. From my perspective, if a person wants to be in the pages of UPPERCASE, they will have made the effort to read past issues and (bonus!) already be a subscriber.



Communicate the story of an artist or how they fit into the UPPERCASE ethos rather than just showing a sample from a portfolio.



If someone has been amply covered in big magazines, then they're generally not a good fit for UPPERCASE. We naturally shy away from celebrity and fame, that's just not what UPPERCASE is about. 


be patient

Definitely don't email an editor a few days later asking, "Did you get my submission?" I spend a time every few weeks combing through all the submissions. Ideas submitted months earlier might start to fit into emerging content themes. Please know that I have received your idea and am giving it careful consideration. I appreciate that you are entrusting not only your ideas with me, but often your hopes and dreams of getting published.


Please don't spam your submissions. 
These all go to one person, so there's no need to submit multiple times or methods.
Friendly tip: I'm more likely to want to work with people who can follow directions! Thank you.




Share your Instagrams and Tweets about the magazine @uppercasemag #uppercaselove. I will publish some in each issue.



Share what you make or do with the hashtag #uppercasereader on Instagram and Twitter.



Please share what you make and sew with my collections from Windham Fabrics #uppercasefabric. Thanks!

Photo by  KLTworks

Photo by KLTworks


UPPERCASE magazine is a richly visual magazine featuring great illustration, photography and intelligent writing. If you are interested in contributing, please follow the submission guidelines above.



I'd love to hear from you. Send your submissions and suggestions or send a letter to the editor. Sign up for our newsletter and watch this space for more opportunities to interact.



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Is it creative? Is it curious? I'd like to see it! Mail postcards, letters, artwork, trinkets, photos, found objects... The most interesting things will be featured in the magazine and online. (Sorry, items will not be returned.)

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